"Destroying this system creates dangerous gaps in treatment and missed opportunities to heal veterans."
AFGE delegates vowed to fight for the agency: Serving the nation's veterans is "a sacred promise, a promise that will never be violated."
The workers' demands center on health and safety issues, contracting jobs out to non-union workers and health care.
The nation's four postal employee unions are uniting for the Nov. 14 protest against planned Jan. 2015 shutdown of 82 more distribution centers.
Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.
Plumbers Local 98 has joined those forward-thinking building trades unions on the cutting edge that take control of their healthcare challenges.
Concerns about safe staffing levels are one cause of the planned strikes: RNs are unable to take meal and rest breaks without leaving patients with inadequate staffing care
Republican House Speaker Boehner is pushing a lawsuit against Obama to deflect attention from the fact that there are unmet needs in this country and his party has no agenda.
Pay is so low that many caregivers qualify for food stamps, don’t get paid sick leave or health or retirement benefits.
"These disgraceful firings are being carried out in direct retaliation for the public advocacy of these courageous nurses."